Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|02/13/02 at 20:10:54|
|As one walks towards Masjid-ul-Nabi, there would be perhaps further benefit if he or she makes a reflection similar to Muhammad al-Ghazali’s, who states in his work, “Inner Dimensions of Worship”:|
[color=black]On reaching the Mosque, you should recall that this is the site selected by God, Glorified is He, for His Prophet, on him be peace, and for the first and most virtuous of the Muslims. Remember that the laws decreed by God, Glorified is He, were first observed at this spot, and that the best of God’s creatures, living or dead, have gathered here. Be most hopeful, therefore, that God, Glorified is He, will mercifully bless your entrance, and make that entrance in all humility and veneration. How worthy is this place to inspire humility in the heart of every believer!”[/color]
Masjid-ul-Nabi, like Masjid-ul-Haram, is deeply rooted in spiritual significance and our spiritual history. As one nears closer towards the head of the masjid and the mihrab, one will come across the area, known as Rawdah. Rasulallah[saw] has said, on the authority of Abu Hurairah, in the collection of Bukhari:
[I]"The space between my house and my pulpit is (rawdah) one of the gardens of Paradise, and my pulpit is at my Fountain." [/I]
There is an excellence to the prayers made in Rawdah. Rawdah is demarcated in Masjid-ul-Nabi by markings on the columns as well as a different color in the carpet. (Many of these columns also have historical significance and are named after incidents, which occurred there).
Be aware that Rawdah is always full and it is difficult at times to find a spot to make salah there. Only attempt to pray there in the way Allah loves and facilitates for you. Like in Masjid-al-Haram, do not infringe on the rights of your brother or sister and remember that there is an excellence to prayers in all of Masjid-ul-Nabi.
[To Be Continued]
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